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A Unique Way of Microwave Cooking

I use plastic bags, like the kind you receive your newspaper in, not like the ziplock kinds. I take a breast of chicken chop it up into bite size bits, take 1/2 potatoe and dice it up, dice up the veggies I like and add seasonings. I seal the bag closed [or you can tie it] and

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Cinco De Mayo tacos

When I am making meat for tacos I use the low sodium taco mix. But as I am putting it in with the meat, I don't put the whole package in. This cuts down on the sodium and doesn't really take away the taco taste. I also lower the amount of water I use since I don't want too much water.

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Old Fashion Oatmeal for a couple of days

I make big batches of Oatmeal for the whole week. I boil 4 cups of water while soaking 2 cups of Oatmeal in water. When the water starts to boil, I put the soaked oatmeal in the boiling water, turn down the heat and let it boil for 5 minutes. Then I have ready oatmeal anytime I need some .

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Toaster Oven

For Christmas my mom got me a toaster oven. It was the best gift I ever. It helps me roast,broil and toast my vegetables. I feel it has helped me turn more healthy options. I use it more than I do my stove!

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Fresh Herbs

I love cooking with fresh herbs - no jarred dried herbs - they make a HUGE difference in the flavor. If I have leftovers I simply wash and chop them so I can freeze them for the next time.

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Prep is the key!

I spend an hour on a Sunday preparing as much food as I can for the following week. For example I wash grapes and put them in separate containers. I chop lots of onion so I just have to grab a handful when making an omlete. It saves so much time when cooking!

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Mock Apple Pie

When I crave a warm dessert, I cut up an apple sprinkle a little cinnamon and stevia on it and microwave it until the apples soften. The smell of the apples and cinnamon are great and I feel like I am having apple pie - without the calories!

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Go green to wash the greens

Sew a drawstring bag from two kitchen towels. When you wash your lettuce, you can put it in the bag and shake so that the towels absorb the moisture. The towel bag can be washed and recycled. Use this for washing grapes too!

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Grilling and smoking is for everything.

Grilling fruits and vegetables, makes it them easier to eat. It heightens their flavors, and brings your dish to a whole new level. Try it with Fruits also, great dessert on their own this way. With out adding sweeteners and extra calories.

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Make ahead breakfast

I bought a Stanley food container (like a thermos) that keeps food hot or cold for 12 hours. At night I put 1/2 cup of steel cut oats in it, and add 1 cup of boiling water, and close the container. In the morning I have a no-fuss breakfast, which comes in handy for mornings when I'm running late!

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